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Florida Originals: Saint Somewhere Saison Athene

For the second year in a row, it’s Flagship February or (#FlagshipFebruary), and while beer writers around the country are saluting their favorite beers that lead the charge in the craft beer revolution, only Floridian been enthusiasts understand just how late Florida was to the party when it comes to craft beer.  While west of the Mississippi, Sierra Nevada, Deschutes, New Belgium, and many others were blazing trails in the 1970s and 1980s, Florida’s first wave of craft beer rebirth died off in the late nineties and few beers from that era are still available.  Florida’s first brewers and breweries were a happy few that decided they were going to brew beer in The Southernmost State no matter what, and a handful of beers from these pioneers are still available today.  This series of articles pay tribute to them – the OGs of Florida craft beer – who took a leap of faith and decided to chase a dream that hadn’t fully formed yet, the dream of Sunshine State craft beer.

Beers to Ponder: What we’re drinking now

At Florida Beer News, we try to report the news and stick to the news as much as possible.  Every so often, it’s nice to sit back and commune with the product that we write so much about.  So, for the past few weeks, here are the beers keep finding their way into our glasses.  One thing we are not shy about – we love Florida’s beer from Florida’s breweries, but we also favor independent craft breweries from around the United States also.

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Today is Florida Craft Beer Day! How many of these have you tried?

February 15th, 2019 is the 122nd anniversary of Florida’s first craft brewery –  The Florida Brewing Company of Ybor City.  The brewery grand opened in 1897 to much fanfare as described in author Mark DeNote’s book The Great Florida Craft Beer Guide.  122 since the opening of the first brewery, Florida’s craft beer community has certainly had its ups and downs, its peaks and its valleys, but today the community is stronger than ever.  Before 1990, you would not need to remove shoes to count the number of Florida breweries whereas today the number is over 300 with over 50 in the greater Tampa Bay area.  Despite this immense growth, Florida’s brewing past is increasingly important as those who have come before have paved the way for so many after them.

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Ten young Florida breweries you’ll be hearing about soon

Florida beer has grown by leaps and bounds for several years now, with the state’s haymaker breweries making names for themselves in the last ten years.  While ten years of monumental growth in craft beer has been a boon to the state and its beer scene, new breweries are working to make names for themselves all the time.  Many breweries are winning awards, accolades, and respect ever day, but some manage to fly under the radar and not get the accolades they deserve.  In the last two years, so many breweries have come up in the Sunshine State and some of them are making good beer, some are doing good business locally, and some manage to find their niche and pour liquid gold.